A Scooter In The Wild

Just a blog about my scooter adventures.

Took the Dr350 to play in some dirt today…

Got the Dr350 out to play in some dirt today. It is fantastic on an logging trail in the mud. I had a blast.

The suspension works great and the hearing is spot on.

I would have taken more pics but I was having too much fun to stop. Oh well, I’ll go back later and get some more.


Dr350 day in the shop…

Took the dr350 to the shop today. They threw a new rear tire on, cleaned and repaired the carb (it was full of goop and mud and missing little parts), changed the oil (Spectro synthetic because good oil really does matter), changed the rear brake fluid, fixed the kickstand safety switch (it wasn’t working right and bit a chunk of my finger off while trying to get it repositioned so I could start the bike- more on that later), figured out what was wrong with the air box, adjusted the rear suspension and did a general check of the bike’s functionality and safety. Worth every penny- it runs 90% of perfect (I need some air box parts yet- it’s sucking a little too much air and can’t be tuned better till it has all it’s bits in all it’s places). It rides great, and tread on tires is a bonus. They even went for a ride with me to make sure everything was working right. Ice cream might have happened too. And a little bit of off road testing. It’s really hard to beat the mom and pop shop type service.

The bike earned a name today too. Bitey. Because it tried to eat my finger. I also had an idea for paint.

Porsche/90’s Japanese dirt bike. Basically the same thing right? At least it won’t get lost in the woods very easily. That’ll be a winter type project.

Snagged a Suzuki Dr350…

Snagged this little beasty last weekend.

It needs a little work, but it already has the Acerbis tank and rear rack and bigger foot pegs, so it’s a trade off.

It’s the pure 90’s pink and purple decal Dr350.

It survived a gut wrenching 150 mile ride home on the second sketchiest tire I’ve ever ridden on, with at least one jet clogged in the carb.

It fits me pretty well, but the suspension needs to be dialed in for fat guy specs, and a wider seat and taller bars are in its future, but for the most part I’m pretty happy with it.

After tearing up the Roughhouse this summer on a dirt road, I’ve been itching to get something more durable to play around with for next years 50cc ride. This should be able to take the abuse.

The best part/ worst part is that it’s kickstart only. No electric start. Sure it has less parts to break, but kickstarting a hot motor at a redlight sucks bad. Oh well, run what you brung right?

I have an appointment Saturday to get a new 50/50 dual sport rear tire, and to have Carlisle Cycle go over the carb and cables and give it a once over to make sure it won’t try to kill me. It’s great to have people I can trust to work on bikes and scooters. It’s not like a car where you can have catastrophic failures and it’s just inconvenient.

Anyways… I’ll post more about it as it happens. Happy riding! Hope to see you out there.

Hopewell Rocks, New Brunswick Canada…

Not scooter related but if you ever get the chance to check out Hopewell Rocks in Fundy Bay, New Brunswick Canada, you really should.

If you ever make it up that way, it’s definitely worth checking out. It can be windy or muddy or cold. Dress appropriately.

Riva is Sold.

The Riva was sold yesterday. Nice young couple from Lancaster came up and got it. I think it got a good home.

It was honestly the worst selling experience I’ve ever had (absolutely nothing to do with the buyers- they were awesome and extremely patient when everything went wrong repeatedly). I gave the Riva a solid going over in the morning before I left. I checked all the controls, the battery was fully charged, it had fuel, nothing was leaking, air in the tires, made sure I had all it’s spare parts and paperwork. It fired right up like usual, ran fine…

When he was test riding it, and shut it off with the kill switch, it wouldn’t re-fire. Battery was fine, and it was getting fuel and no spark. Ok, I’ve owned enough scooters to instantly distrust the kill switch, so I grabbed the screwdriver out of the glovebox and started disassembling the kill switch/starter button assembly. Wow Yamaha, really? You couldn’t put simply designed separate circuits for each? Obviously the whole thing popped apart and I dropped pieces and didn’t get to see how it went together. There is nothing like trying to troubleshoot something you’ve never seen before under pressure. On a hot day. Wearing riding gear.

I got it running, they still wanted it, so we loaded it up in their bus and headed to the local title place. The ones we spoke to the night before and told we would be there in the morning. They were closed. I will never use Gray’s Titling again. I’m really not surprised they have a one star rating after this.

We found a notary that was open, eventually got the title transferred, and everyone went their separate ways.

Like my brother said, no bike is harder to start than the one you are selling.

Vermont Title…

Aaaargh. My local title place is terrible. Took multiple phone calls to them and PenDot to establish that the paperwork I had from Vermont would be sufficient to sell the bike. I’m really glad we checked ahead of time. I have a guy traveling a long distance to look at the Riva tomorrow, and if he buys it, I don’t want to have to drag him to Harrisburg to transfer the title. Luckily everything is squared away now, and the titling place learned a new job skill.

Some Duck Fist 2 videos…

Just some video from Duck Fist 2…

Playing in the puddles

Follow the PlanetCarl

The road to nowhere

How to catch a Todd

Connect the Das

Sidecar extreme

70cc of fury

Scooter Dub step

Little ride…

Took the kid out for a short ride (he had other things he wanted to do afterwards) and stopped to check out the river. It was up far enough we couldn’t walk down the ramp, so no playing in the water.

I dropped him off, swapped rides and took the Valkyrie out for a spin. The carbs were not happy that it’s been sitting so much lately. It took about 20 miles for them to wake up, and by then I managed to pop over a mountain into a rain storm. I do not like that bike in the rain. Way way way too much torque. I flipped around and managed to outrun the storm and make it home before the rain got me very much. Ok, in that instance the extra torque was nice. The bike will hold speeds I don’t want to blog about, and it will do it comfortably. You wouldn’t think a bike that large would move like that, but when you twist the throttle in any gear- it takes off like a missile. It usually takes me a little while to adapt from being the slowest machine on the road to being one of the faster ones. Fun but not nimble. It’s a lot of bike.

Selling the Riva…

I’ve decided to sell the Riva. I’m not riding it enough to justify keeping it and paying the insurance on it. It needs a better home with someone that can spend more time on it. Hopefully I can find it a good home.

I think the roughhouse is going to go too. It’s fun, but I have been eyeballing a Yamaha TW200 (it’s a modern version of the bike I had as a teenager- except it should start without 45 minutes of stomping a kickstart). I still need to finish the Valkyrie up too. So many projects, so little time….

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